The BMW X6 is no doubt one of the most successful models BMW has recently launched on the market. So, it should not surprise you the fact that more and more makers announced plans to develop their own version of the X6. After Audi has announced the Q6 , Mercedes has also revealed plans for an MLC Coupe-Crossover. Of course everyone saw that coming as there has always been a war between the three companies.
The future MLC will be built on the same platform as the M-Class, but it will be completely different. The exterior design will feature grille, headlights and tail lamps from the CLS limousine, while the general look will be a something similar to the X6. The model will feature the M-Class all-wheel-drive, but without the special off-road capabilities. Engine line-up will start from a standard 265 horsepower diesel version and will go up to a 544 horsepower one for the AMG model.
Updated 5//2014: We’ve created a new rendering of the MLC-Class based on the SUV Coupe Concept and spy shots that we’ve seen. See the comparison shots after the jump.
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Updated 10/21/2011: During a recent interview with Automotive News, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche has confirmed that Daimler AG will invest $350 million to produce a fifth Mercedes -Benz model at its factory in Vance, Ala., starting in 2015. This fifth model will be a coupe-like version of the M-class SUV that will most likely be called the MLC.
Updated 10/7/2013: In an interview with Car and Driver, a Mercedes executive reconfirmed that the German luxury car builder is still working on a competitor to the poor-selling BMW X6, but the MLC name remains unconfirmed. Mercedes is shooting for a 2014 delivery — possibly making it a 2015 model year in the U.S. — and is targeting the $60,000 price range. So far, all of the rumors are pointing toward this upcoming coupe crossover looking like an M-Class with a liftback-style hatch. We’re hard at work on a rendering, and we’ll bring it to you ASAP.
SUV Coupe Concept Vs. TopSpeed Rendering
Our artist believes the production MLC-Class will closely resemble the SUV Coupe Concept, with only mild changes. :These changes include a more reward-slanting grille, a less wide-open lower air intake system, and less rounded shoulder and belt lines.
April 23, 2014 - First testing session
Of course the X6 is the main competitor here, as it is the lone remaining true crossover coupe on the market. The Acura ZDX received the old heave-ho after dismal sales, and the X6 isn’t doing much better. The only saving grace for the X6 are is shared bones with the other X Series models keeping its production overhead low.
The base X6 xDrive35i comes with a 3.0-liter, TwinPower Turbo in-line six-cylinder engine that pushes 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque out to all four wheels for a 6.3-second launch to 60 mph. The up-market xDrive50i comes with a 4.4-liter, V-8 TwinPower Turbo engine that cranks out 400 horsepower and 450 pound-feet of torque for a 5.2-second sprint to 60 mph.